by Brian Croasdale
There’s something special about belonging to a table tennis team – the camaraderie, the enthusiasm, and exercise all give it a tremendous appeal.
When the Matlock Management Committee met last week to consider the entries for this winter’s League Competition, an increase in teams was hoped for and that is exactly what they got.
In Division One, the usual sides are still present, except for Belper, who have folded, and Bonsall, who have chosen not to play locally this season.
The effect of this was minimised by the formation of Cromford Fiesteros Reborn, who feature the talents of Daniel Burton (captain), Emma Coles, Jimmy Redfern and Ashley Emery.
The fixtures for the first week are Rowsley 08 v Cromford Fiesteros Reborn, Colin Deaton B are at home to Colin Deaton A, Cougars A will play a very strong looking Rowsley Scorpions while the Cromford Community Centre will have a further week to train.
With the number of entries at this level, it was considered appropriate to have each side playing three times instead of the usual two.
A very strong Division Two features ten teams, all with undoubted talent signed up. A major signing this year was Belper’s Peter Hamshaw joining Cromford Cavaliers while Belper teammate Gerald Finney will play for Turnditch Tigers.
Ever Hopefuls were lucky enough to gain the services of Phillip Fisher, who has moved from Rowsley Scorpions. New side Crich St Marys have joined the League and will bring the Glebe Centre in Crich as an additional venue to the league. Interesting side this, with s mixture of new and older talent and it will be interesting to see how they progress.
The fixtures for the first week are Ever Hopefuls v Rapid Fire, Detonators v Turnditch Tigers, Cromford Cavaliers v Pommy, Balls of Fury v Wessington and new side Crich will play LiverPooles at home.
Division Three is a nursery of talent with several new sides featured. Be Afraid, May B’s, Whitworth 1 and Matlock Marauders will all be making their debut. An engaging new side is the Marauders team who feature some seasoned but very talented people.
The fixtures for the first week are Be Afraid v May B’s, The Power v Unreliables, Hit & Miss v Long & Short, Matlock Marauders v Whitworth 1 while the Cabers will have a free week.
Given that the Matlock & District Table Tennis League is the biggest stage the local game can offer, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that many fine players have chosen to take part. We’ll follow the progress of teams during the weeks and months to come.